Ardee War Memorial at the Fair Green in the town will once again be the venue for the annual commemorative ceremony to honour all those from the locality that lost their lives in the Great War next weekend – on Saturday November 18th.
The ceremony will be held at the memorial at 11am on the morning and all are welcome to attend. It will honour all of those from Ardee and elsewhere in Mid-Louth who died in the First World War, also known as the Great War.
Louth County Council cathaoirleach and Ardee Municipal District councillor Colm Markey will make a speech on the morning, while Fine Gael party colleague and Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness will also be in attendance.
The Ardee War Memorial was built and unveiled three years ago in a ceremony that saw speakers including RTE broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan and former Louth County Council chairman Peter Savage.
As ever Nicky Callan will sound the Last Post and Rev Iain Jamieson and Father O’Leary will recite the prayers, will wreaths will also be laid by local representatives. Prayers will also be offered for all those who lost their lives in other conflicts at home and abroad.
One of the signatories of the Proclamation of Independence, Eammon Ceannt spent time living in Ardee as a child before being executed for his part in the Easter Rising in 1916. A year later, word came back to Ireland that his brother William had died in the First World War.